A Santa’s grotto, street entertainers and Real Radio roadshow kept the crowds entertained before the big switch on.
Dewsbury Rams mascot Roger the Ram was joined by head coach Glenn Morrison and captain Austin Buchanan
Educating Yorkshire stars Matthew Burton and Musharaf Asghar were also on stage to see the lights switched on.
Mr Burton said: “It was a real privilege for myself and Musharaf to be asked to go along. It’s still very strange to hear people call your name but people had a lot of lovely things to say about the programme and Thornhill.”
Coun Masood Ahmed, chair of Dewsbury Area Committee, said: “The Christmas Lights switch on event was a great success of which Dewsbury can be proud. Thank you to everyone who turned out on such a cold day to enjoy the event.
“Large crowds gathered on Saturday afternoon to enjoy a celebration of the talents of the town with representatives from Dewsbury stage coach, Dewsbury Rams, Gary Sykes and Mr Burton and Musharaf Asghar from Educating Yorkshire providing the entertainment.”